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Duke Center for International Development Announces New Director

Indermit Gill

Economist Indermit Gill will take the helm as director of the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on Oct. 1.


The Future of Food Policy

Leading food policy experts will sit down with corporate CEOs on Wednesday, April 27, at Duke University to discuss how government and business can shape solutions to complex challenges such as food safety and security, hunger and obesity.


The Extraordinary Search for Ordinary Politicians [Podcast]

campaign button, "vote average Joe"

One of the most vexing issues in politics is how to get more ordinary people to run for office. On this episode of Sanford's podcast, Ways & Means, we explore the idea. Listen:


Cokie Roberts Talks Politics and Reporting at Sanford

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NPR and ABC political commentator Cokie Roberts got started on her career path early in life.


Duke Team Competes for Prestigious Hult Prize

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A group of Duke students has developed an app that would help connect people in Mumbai India's slums with jobs that already exist. (Currently people in the slums pay middlemen for jobs, which are often too far away.) The idea is gaining traction. The students have made it to the global top 10 in the prestigious Hult Prize competition, beating out approximately 25,000 others.


Retired N.C. Judges To Simulate Independent Redistricting Panel

NC Congressional Maps via Wikipedia

Ten retired judges will gather at Duke University on Thursday, April 21, to launch a simulation of an independent, nonpartisan redistricting panel. The event is the first of three that ultimately will result in a new, but unofficial, map of N.C. congressional districts. The project is designed to increase public understanding of how independent political redistricting might function in North Carolina if adopted. "Beyond Gerrymandering: Impartial Redistricting for North Carolina" runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., adjourning from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a press conference and private lunch. Speakers will include experts in demography, law and policy.


Meeting the Challenge: Alum Pioneers Healthy Beef

Claire Herminjard

Claire Herminjard PPS’05 is the founder and CEO of Mindful Meats, a company based in Point Reyes Station, Calif., that supplies pasture-raised, certified organic beef to consumers.


Honors Thesis Spotlight: Students Examine Race and Policy

Poeple on bridge. Sign says "hand up, don't shoot"

The public policy honors thesis allows students the opportunity to dive deep into an area of their interest. This year, seniors Lauren Forman and Michael Pelle both chose to research the intersection of race and public policy, particularly in criminal justice.


Sanford Student Reflects on Controversial North Carolina Law

Hunter Buckworth smiling

Earlier this year, Charlotte, N.C., passed an ordinance that, among other things, allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. A month later, the North Carolina General Assembly called a special session and passed House Bill 2 (HB2). HB2 essentially repeals the Charlotte ordinance. Hunter Buckworth, a graduate student at Sanford, talks about HB2 and the climate at Sanford.


Iraqi Ambassador Cites Progress and Challenges to his Country

The Iraqi Ambassador to the United States Lukman Faily spoke to a large crowd at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy on March 31 about the many challenges facing Iraq, from the occupation of several cities by ISIS to dropping oil prices.


PODCAST: Fight Against Sugar in Food Guided by War on Tobacco

man with cigarette and large drink

In December 1953, the CEOs of the major tobacco companies met secretly in New York City. They needed to figure out what to do about plummeting sales.


MPP Student Survives Brussels Airport Attack

People at Brussels airport

McSwain Forkoh, a first-year Master of Public Policy student at Duke, was in the Brussels Airport on March 22 when the deadly terrorist attacks occurred.] “I felt so grateful that I was able to survive, I was able to make it out unharmed,” Forkoh said.